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About Us

Our Mission

MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. We publish online at Monday through Friday with a limited edition on Saturday and a Sunday Review.

MinnPost provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, many of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. MinnPost adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

The site also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories. MinnPost does not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. We encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view.

We believe that in-depth, civic-minded journalism is a community asset that sustains democracy and quality of life, and we need people who believe in it to support our work. Our work is funded by individual donors, foundations, advertisers and sponsors.

As of January 2020, MinnPost had more than 4,300 member-donor households contributing amounts ranging from $1 to more than $20,000 a year. A little over half of our donors are sustaining members who make automatic recurring donations.

You can view the 2019 individual donor list here. MinnPost is grateful to recognize our generous supporters, and we’re committed to transparency to our readers about the sources of our funding.

Our Major Funders

MinnPost’s initial funding of $850,000 came from four families: John and Sage Cowles, Lee Lynch and Terry Saario, Joel and Laurie Kramer, and David and Vicki Cox.

Currently, three foundations provide support of $50,000 a year or more: The Otto Bremer Trust (Greater Minnesota reporting), The McKnight Foundation (general operating), and The Joyce Foundation (effective democracy,  environment, and gun violence prevention).

Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.


We are grateful for the guidance and involvement of our Board of Directors and Advisory Council members listed below.

Board of Directors: Rebecca Shavlik, Chair; Jill Field, Past Chair; Lee Lynch, Chair Emeritus; John Satorius, Secretary; Mark Abeln, Karin Birkeland, Katie Cole, A.J. Colianni, Fran Davis, Jack Dempsey, Kelly Doran, Lynette Dumalag, Jim Erickson, Nancy Feldman, Steve Grove, Kathleen Hansen, David Hartwell, Vernae Hasbargen, Diane Hofstede, Kim Kieves, Barbara Klaas, Joel Kramer, Laurie Kramer, Jane Mauer, Bill McKinney, Glenn Miller, Max Musicant, Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, Daniel Oberdorfer, Fred Semmer, Nancy Speer, Chelle Stoner, John Tieszen.

Advisory Council: Terri Barreiro, Peter Bell, Wendy Blackshaw, Laura Bloomberg, Scott Burns, Lauren Collins, Jay Cowles, Toby Dayton, Samuel Heins, Sue Herridge, Marlene Kayser, Tom Kayser, Lars Leafblad, Kathy Longo, David Moore Jr., Mike Moore, Beth Parkhill, David Plimpton, Susan Plimpton, Mary Pickard, Kim Snyder, Missy Staples Thompson, Kari Swan, Chris Widdess.

MinnPost Board Of Directors 2019 with affiliations [PDF]

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